Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) announces today that the company is returning as an exhibitor to the 2023 Premium Cigar Association (PCA) trade show which takes place on July 7-11 at the Venetian Convention Center in Las Vegas.Continue reading STG Returns to PCA Trade Show with Forged Cigar Company
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NEWLY BLENDED UNITED CIGAR IN THE ROUND FORMAT SLATED FOR APRIL SHIPMENT
Hudson, NH – United Cigars has enhanced their flagship United Cigars Line and will now be rolled in the traditional round shape. United Cigars is not just the name of the company, or their flagship brand, it is an
American Icon. The company’s rich origins stretch back over a century, delivering unique experiences to cigar enthusiasts since 1901. Since reigniting United Cigars in 2010, it has been their mission to continue improving on their products and services to their retail partners and consumers. As part of that pursuit, the new format for the United Cigars line will begin shipping in Mid-April.
PCA Announces Date and Location for 2024 Annual Convention and Trade Show
[Washington, DC — Fri, March 24, 2023] The Premium Cigar Association (PCA) announced today that the 2024 Annual Convention and Trade Show will be held March 22-25, 2024 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. This marks a change from the traditional summer time trade show to earlier in the year. PCA is currently negotiating contracts for the 2025 Annual Convention and Trade Show for an early spring date in a new location and expects to announce that in the coming weeks.Continue reading PCA Announces Date and Location for 2024 Annual Convention and Trade Show
PCA Position Statement and Background on Tax Caps
PCA | March 23, 2023
The Premium Cigar Association is actively working with state associations, retailers, and coalition partners to introduce and support tax cap legislation in the states. The goal of this state legislation is to reduce the tax burden on retailers and consumers, alike, and to create a robust marketplace to sell premium cigars. The association aims to support legislation that can provide relief to the most number of products sold by our retail members, and to use the available definitions of cigars, that can best suit the legislative climate in a given state. The “large cigar” tax definition encompasses the most number of products, but because of it’s inclusion of non-premium machine made and flavored cigars, the use of this definition is not acceptable in every state. To pursue tax relief in more challenging legislative environments, the association will utilize the definition of “premium cigars” used by the Judge Amit Mehta opinion in Cigar Association et al v. Food & Drug Administration. Tax caps for premium cigars are essential in promoting a robust brick and mortar marketplace, especially in states with challenging tobacco tax and regulatory environments.Continue reading PCA Position Statement and Background on Tax Caps
PCA Announces the Hiring of Antoine Reid as Director of Content
[Washington, DC — Tue, March 21, 2023] The Premium Cigar Association (PCA) announced today the hiring of Antoine Reid as its new Director of Content. In this new role, Reid will be responsible for overseeing content creation and production for PCA’s various platforms, utilizing PCA’s unique industry position to connect content with retailers, manufactuers, and consumers. In addition, Reid will leverage high-quality content to engage consumers to raise PCA’s profile to enhance comsumer engagement in grassroots advocacy efforts. Antoine’s first day is Tues., March 21.Continue reading PCA Announces the Hiring of Antoine Reid as Director of Content
UNITED CIGARS PUTS BIG PAPI FIRECRACKER ON DECK FOR OPENING DAY
Hudson, NH- Spring Training is in full swing and with our national pastime’s opening day around the corner it is the perfect time for the Big Papi Firecracker to step back into the batter’s box. Featuring a dark, rich Mexican wrapper grown in the San Andres Valley, the Big Papi Firecracker explodes with flavor right from the start. Returning for MLB’s Opening Day, the Big Papi Firecracker is back as part of United Cigars collaboration project with Artista.Continue reading UNITED CIGARS PUTS BIG PAPI FIRECRACKER ON DECK FOR OPENING DAY
Black Works Studio Releases
March 14, 2023 — Black Works Studio (BLK WKS) will begin shipping the Limited Release, S&R, and the new RORSCHACH SUMATRA. Both are hand crafted at Fabrica Oveja Negra in Esteli, Nicaragua.Continue reading Black Works Studio Releases
PCA Summary of FDA’s Proposed New Requirements for Tobacco Product Manufacturing Practices
[Washington, DC — Tue, March 14, 2023] The Premium Cigar Association has completed its initial analysis of the Proposed Rule for Tobacco product Manufacturing Practices published in the Federal Register on March 10th, 2023. The nearly 300-page document contains several provisions that will affect the “business of specialty tobacco retailing” both domestically in the United States and commerce internationally. Because a federal court has held that the FDA acted arbitrarily and capriciously in deeming premium cigars subject to the Act, it is the PCA’s position that FDA lacks jurisdiction to apply this rule to premium cigars. The PCA will urge the agency, and if necessary, the courts, to make clear that the proposed rule should not, cannot, and will not reach premium cigars. Furthermore, the proposed rule has several fundamental flaws in it that would inordinately harm smaller manufactures and lead to overall market contraction that would limit the products offered on retail shelves.Continue reading PCA Summary of FDA’s Proposed New Requirements for Tobacco Product Manufacturing Practices
LAMPERT FAMILY RESERVE 2022
LAMPERT CIGARS has begun shipping “FAMILY RESERVE 2022”, a 6 x 52 TORO, to retailers.Continue reading LAMPERT FAMILY RESERVE 2022
Muestra de Saka Krakatoa Pre-Order Window Open
Dunbarton, NH – Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust® (DTT) is currently taking pre-orders for “Krakatoa”, its newest addition to their much-heralded Muestra de Saka line. The deadline for pre-orders is Friday, March 24th, 2023.Continue reading Muestra de Saka Krakatoa Pre-Order Window Open
PCA Submits Recommendations to OIRA
[Washington, DC — March 10, 2023] The Premium Cigar Association submitted a comment to the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) in response to their solicitation of feedback on “Broadening Public Engagement in the Federal Regulatory Process”.Continue reading PCA Submits Recommendations to OIRA
LAMPERT 1675 EDICION MORADO
LAMPERT CIGARS will be unveiling its newest line – Edición MORADO and it has started shipping to select shops. The widespread release is expected in mid-April.Continue reading LAMPERT 1675 EDICION MORADO
Oppose Flavor Ban in Texas
We are writing to inform you of a bill that has been introduced in the Texas State Senate, SB 920. This bill aims to ban the sale of flavored tobacco products, including cigars with a so-called “characterizing flavor” other than tobacco. We believe this would have a negative impact on our industry and our ability to enjoy these products.
We strongly urge you to read the PCA’s position statement on flavor bans to fully understand the potential harm this bill could cause. We also urge you to use the link below and contact your state elected officials and express your opposition to SB 920.
We must act now to protect our industry and the options of consumers to purchase and enjoy premium cigars and pipe tobacco.
Thank you for your support.
RED ANCHOR COMES ASHORE WITH FOUR NEW SIZES FOR 2023
Hudson, NH- The tide is rolling in, and with it comes four new sizes of Red Anchor for 2023. Originally launched in 1772, Red Anchor was created by Albertus Hillen Sigarenfabriek in Delft, Holland. The brand was passed down through the family until 1890 when it was sold to Martinus Holland who continued to expand the brand into a tin format through the early 1900s until the brand went out of business in 1937. In 2022, United Cigars reignited the 250 year old brand with a familiar Dutch connection, the Kelner Family, at Hendrik Kelner Jr.’s Kelner Boutique Factory in the Dominican Republic.Continue reading RED ANCHOR COMES ASHORE WITH FOUR NEW SIZES FOR 2023
WEST TAMPA TOBACCO COMPANY RELEASES RED
Tampa, FL, Feb 2023. One of the hottest brands in the industry just got hotter! Introducing, West Tampa Tobacco Company Red!
Like its predecessors, White & Black, Red delivers a flavor bomb with enhanced body that is a perfect addition to the West Tampa line-up. From mild to full bodied, creamy to spicey, West Tampa now offers something for everyone.Continue reading WEST TAMPA TOBACCO COMPANY RELEASES RED
Muestra de Saka Krakatoa
(Esteli, Nicaragua) – Muestra is the humble, common Spanish word for “sample;” however, it takes on much more important, sometimes reverential, meaning when used in a handmade cigar factory. A muestra is the vision of the ligador and torcedor realized, it is the promise of a new experience and possibly the key to financial success for the fabrica. Muestras are hoarded and coveted by not only their makers, but by the cigar smokers who seek to catch a glimpse into the cigar maker’s soul within their smoke.
Muestra de Saka is just that. A line of unique blends and vitolas made in extremely limited quantities that reflect the blending machinations of Mr. Saka. To smoke a Muestra de Saka is to embark upon a journey with him in which he greatly welcomes your companionship.Continue reading Muestra de Saka Krakatoa
New Release from Espinosa Premium Cigars
(Hialeah Gardens, FL) … Espinosa Premium Cigars is proud to announce the release of the Espinosa Wasabi Lancero. The Wasabi Lancero, joins the Wasabi Robusto and Wasabi Corona as a seasonal production release for Espinosa Premium Cigars.
Said Erik Espinosa, “The Wasabi brand continues to grow. It is consistently mentioned as one of the best candela cigars in the market. We are proud of how well it has done and are always looking to come up with new experiences for our consumers.”
“I smoked a lot of candela before working on the Wasabi, it was a real challenge, but I am proud to see that the brand continues to flourish. It’s a good cigar, not a novelty, and now for the second time since we introduced it in 2016, we have added another vitola. This lancero is special, truly a format that we excel with at La Zona Factory.” said Hector Alfonso.
The Espinosa Wasabi Lancero is rolled in the traditional 7½ x 38 size, with candela wrapper over Nicaraguan fillers and binder. The Wasabi Lancero was blended by Espinosa Premium Cigars, and hand-rolled at the La Zona Factory in Esteli, Nicaragua.
Black Label Trading Company will be debuting the release of Santa Muerte to its core line at this year’s TPE 2023 in Las Vegas
February 21, 2023 — Black Label Trading Company will be debuting the release of Santa Muerte to its core line at this year’s TPE 2023 in Las Vegas. Visit Booth 1059 for the display. Like all BLTC products, Santa Muerte is hand crafted at its own Factory, Fabrica Oveja Negra in Esteli, Nicaragua.Continue reading Black Label Trading Company will be debuting the release of Santa Muerte to its core line at this year’s TPE 2023 in Las Vegas
HumidifGroup is connecting brands and consumers through products at ProCigar 2023.
Miami, FL – February 20, 2023–HumidifGroup has developed special experiences for all attendees of Pro Cigar, the Dominican Cigar Festival that welcomes local and international cigar enthusiasts. Two of the Pro Cigar boxes, which will be given at the welcome and gala dinners, incorporate an NFC tag powered by the HGTag platform, to engage with cigar enthusiasts. This will provide users with information and background on each of the cigars being featured.Continue reading HumidifGroup is connecting brands and consumers through products at ProCigar 2023.
California Introduces Generational Smoking Ban!
Washington, D.C. – The The Premium Cigar Association (PCA) is calling on all cigar retailers, consumers and those who care about the future of the premium cigar sector in California to join in opposing Assembly Bill 935, introduced by California Assemblymember Damon Connolly.Continue reading California Introduces Generational Smoking Ban!
UNITED CIGARS GOES GREEN WITH ALL SAINTS ST. PATRICK’S FIRECRACKER
Hudson, NH- Erin Go Bragh! St. Patrick’s Day is going to have a spark this year with the introduction of the St. Patrick’s Firecracker collaboration with All Saints Cigars at TPE 2023. Saint Patrick is known as the patron saint of Ireland and the Feast of St. Patrick, also known as St. Patrick’s Day, is held on March 17. United Cigars could not think of a better way to salute this year’s festivities than a commemorative United Firecracker collaboration with All Saints Cigars!Continue reading UNITED CIGARS GOES GREEN WITH ALL SAINTS ST. PATRICK’S FIRECRACKER
Black Market Filthy Hooligan Barber Pole and Filthy Hooligan Shamrock Now Shipping to Appointed Tobacconists
Fort Lauderdale, FL – (February 13, 2023)
Continue reading Black Market Filthy Hooligan Barber Pole and Filthy Hooligan Shamrock Now Shipping to Appointed Tobacconists
Alec Bradley Cigar Company announced today that the Limited Edition Black Market Filthy Hooligan Barber Pole and Filthy Hooligan Shamrock cigars are now shipping to appointed tobacconists.
BYRON LIMITED EDITION HUMIDOR SET SCHEDULED FOR RETAILERS THIS MARCH
Hudson, NH – Vintage is a term that is at times misunderstood and overused. However when Nelson Alfonso of Selected Tobacco releases blends with 5 years of post-roll age decorated by a uniquely designed humidor, the term is fitting. Byron using a unique distinction for their lines. Each line is named after a century, because Nelson tried to capture the true essence of what a great cigar was, or is, in that century. This year’s edition of Byron Humidors are limited to one size in each blend, with only 7,500 cigars rolled for each “century”; the Byron cigar line has a “century” interpretation for any cigar enthusiast.Continue reading BYRON LIMITED EDITION HUMIDOR SET SCHEDULED FOR RETAILERS THIS MARCH
Operation: Cigars for Warriors announces new book “Rookie to Rookie“Rookie to Aficionado” from Dreamer Cigars
Ocala, FL – Operation: Cigars For Warriors is proud to announce the release of the new book “Rookie to Aficionado” from Adam Guard of the Dreamer Cigars podcast. 10% of proceeds will benefit CFW and a
discount is available for CFW Donation Centers interest in purchasing copies. For more information on how to get the book in your shop please contact Adam at 513-505-7029 or email him at email@example.com
PCA Hosts Event Honoring Rep. Meuser and DR Embassy in the US
[Washington, DC, Feb 2, 2023] Last night, the Premium Cigar Association (PCA) launched our in-person educational series with a reception honoring Congressional Cigar Caucus Co-Chair Representative Dan Meuser of Pennsylvania’s 9th Congressional District and the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in the United States. The event featured premium cigars from Honduras, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic and was widely attended by Congressional staff, dignitaries, and friends of the association.Continue reading PCA Hosts Event Honoring Rep. Meuser and DR Embassy in the US